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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 11, 2000- 7
SA dean halts new organizational studies concentrators

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rganizational studies concentration will
ease to be a choice for any students not yet
fitted to the program, effective immedi-
This decision only affects those students
vho have not yet declared their major.
"Students already in the program are not
ffected by this decision and may continue
heir current program," Neuman said in the
etter. She could not be reached for comment
Members of the Organizational Studies
tudent Assembly were stunned by the deci-
ion, which they say was completely unex-
his move by the administration is kind
f a statement to the effect that they don't
ontinued from Page 1
final program to be developed and implemented.
SNRE programs came under examination
pring as a result of continued low enrollment
@tore students transfer out of than in," SN
rof. Bobbi Low said. "We put more effort
ecruitment but it didn't happen"
SNRE Prof. James Diana said SNRE received
pplications for this academic year.
The committee also attempted to devise meth
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-aise awareness of the conditions
nd in factory farms by showin to
os of slaughter houses, downed L''.
rows and neglected, dying or dead
igs, chickens and sheep. [m A
The videos were obtained from I
ational animal rights groups, includ-
ng People for the Ethical Treatment
f Animals, FARM and the Farm M
anctuary. The videos showed cows
eing chained in small wood crates Contini
ntil they are killed in order to make "Th
*tmeat more tender. in and
The group is lobbying for bigger lating.
:ages, more humane treatment and 100 p
lutritious meals instead of the vita- fourth
nin-deficient ones animals are fed to Aral
make their meat red. tion C
Activists took turns wearing the Rabia
hicken suit to hand out pamphlets to media
tudents passing by. been o
"The chicken suit helped," said getting
MARS member Darcy Phelan, an "It
A senior, who wore the suit for an and se
l-and-a-half yesterday. "People are The m
too little intimidated sometimes to Palesti
rome up and ask questions and try the N as
food, but a lot of people are willing to media
ake flyers from a chicken" view o
The pamphlets promoted veganism "A1
by showing pictures of debeaked the me
chickens, caged animals and cows 'cross
with broken necks. are de
Members also brought vegan food, age so
iiding banana bread, vegan sand- proble
wiches with soy cheese and vegetable Gol
slices, chocolate mousse pie and angles
tabooli. "We
"MARS does not believe in the suf- media
fering of animals at any level," said going
MARS Treasurer Erica Kubersky, an said.
LSA senior. "Even if (dairy farms) do Rac
not lead to death in all cases, they lead man c
to suffering.... It is related to the meat Cente
industry because the male calves are eigner
sent to the slaughter house." "We
e rally was the primary fall pro- Israeli
ect for the group, which also holds a to lib
meat out in March. said.

respect the needs of the students," said majors and was never intended as a vehicle As of now, there are no students on the
Herzfeld, an LSA senior and member of the for to develop a 'shadow' concentration committee, Price said, but students will "def-
OSSA executive council. with several hundred students," Neuman initely be involved" at some point.
The organizational studies concentration is wrote. Students from the OSSA executive council
part of the Individual Concentration Pro- Neuman also wrote that a committee is said they resent that their input was not con-
gram, which allows students to design a currently working to develop a proposal to sidered in this decision.
major that does not exist in LSA. "establish a formal interdisciplinary concen- "I feel that Dean Neuman took the easy way
Organizational studies students take a vari- tration or minor with appropriate faculty out," said Jay Saliotte, an organizational studies
ety of courses from different departments to oversight and advising in organizational senior. "She didn't want to make a valiant
study the issues important to human organi- studies." effort to work with people in organizational
zations. Committee member Richard Price, a pro- studies to come to a mutual resolution"
According to OSSA, 435 students were fessor in the School of Business Administra- Some students also wondered why this
organizational studies concentrators last tion and psychology department, said student decision was made now, because the program
year, making it the sixth most popular and concerns have been considered in this deci- had seemed to be operating successfully.
fastest-growing LSA concentration. sion. "If this (proposal to make organizational
In her letter, Neuman said the program has "There is a committee that has been work- studies a formal concentration) is legit, then
grown much larger than ever intended and it ing extremely hard to develop a formal con- why rock the boat now?" asked Nikki Brown,
lacks the oversight and advising necessary centration," he said. "It's not finished its an organizational studies senior.
for a concentration. work and it is not certain when the concen- Price said he did not know about the tim-
"The ICP is for genuinely individualized tration will be available." ing of the decision but pointed out that "the
to increase the availability of environmental studies Amanda Edmonds said. "IfI choose tougher NRE
to University students. electives, because that's what I'm interested in, and
Its proposal consists of increased electives and somebody else chooses something more unrelated,
flexibility in requirements and prerequisites and a it means two different things. The choice waters
last stronger emphasis on curriculum breadth. It also down the meaning of a NRE degree and the reputa-
and suggests developing first-year seminar programs and tion of the program."
a living-learning community. Edmonds said the phasing out of the SNRE under-
IRE But most of about 50 students at yesterdays public graduate program could cost the University "excel-
into forum with the committee said they worry the lent students, especially from out of state."
changes will cost current programs their focus and "Speaking as an out-of-state student, I can say that
120 individuality. I came here because this is a single entity," Edmonds
"Giving students too much choice takes away the said. "I can get an environmental studies program
iods choice for more rigorous study," SNRE senior anywhere."
udent groups gather
voice concerns onI "
riddle East violence.

dean is empowered to make decisions about
how the LSA curriculum is going to be orga-
"Dean Neuman can decide ... to discontin-
ue an offering whenever she wants. But I
believe she deeply shares the values of the
students in wanting to create an outstanding
program," Price said.
But the students contend that this action
could be the first step in getting rid of the
program entirely.
"I take this decision as a sign that she
doesn't respect the program in its current
form," Saliotte said. "If she did respect orga-
nizational studies students, we would have
been consulted."
Students said they are more than willing to
engage in future dialogues about the program
but in the meantime will fight to have the
concentration option reinstated.

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e United States isn't stepping
the situation has been esca-
In the past two weeks over
eople have died and three-
s are Palestinians," she said.
b-American Anti-discrimina-
ommittee President Norah
h, an SNRE junior, said the
's handling of the conflict has
ne of the major problems in
a resolution.
hurts to read the newspaper
se so many misconceptions.
tedia is so biased against the
nian people," she said.
sar said he also feels the
has created an inaccurate
f Palestinians.
12-year-old boy was shot and
dia claims it happened in the
fire,' when the Palestinians
fenseless. We want fair cover-
people will see what the real
m is," he said.
d said the media distorts and
every situation.
have to recognize what the
is. Violence and death are
to be biased in the media," he
kham student Andrew Free-
if the International Action
r said the Palestinians are for-
s in their own land.
have to see the reality of
oppression. They are trying
crate themselves," Freeman

Rabiah said the Palestinians "are
just fighting for their freedom
which is a part of their natural
human rights."
Zahr said injustice is the main
problem in the conflict and it is
rampant throughout Palestine.
"We wouldn't stand for it here,
and we shouldn't stand for it there,"
Zahr said.
Despite the differences in reli-
gion, Zahr said many Jews are sym-
pathetic for the Palestinians.
Social Work graduate student
Binyamin Biber of Secular Human-
istic Jews said despite coming from
different cultures and religions
"many Jews of many beliefs are
outraged at the situation in Pales-
"This is not part of the peace
process and this is not what anyone
would dream of for a better world,"
Biber said. "We are family and we
are being divided on the lines of
nationality, religion and culture,"
he said.
Some students, including LSA
sophomore Wendy Hausfeld of the
American Movement for Israel, did
not attribute the violence to either
"Israel and Palestine are both
victims and aggressors," Hausfeld
Gold also said he hopes for a
peaceful resolution between Pales-
tine and Israel. "All we hope for is
for the violence to stop and equal
partners to sit at the table for
peace," he said.

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